Stolen car set on fire in Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Youngstown firefighters extinguished a bizarre fire Wednesday afternoon on Youngstown’s North Side.

A car that was stolen on Fifth Avenue was driven through a gate, set on fire and left to burn. People who lived near the fire said they saw thick black smoke coming from behind their homes on Saranac Avenue and the dark, black smoke actually could be seen from miles away.

Firefighters had to go more than 20 feet down a steep embankment and nearly 500 feet from the road to reach the fire.

The call came in about 4 p.m. and was first reported as a building fire. But when firefighters showed up, they found a car behind a couple houses and down a steep hill.

Firefighters had to drag fire hoses through people’s yard to get to the car.

“We had to do a long stretch over the hill. Guys had to climb over the hill. Because we had to see if that car had somebody in it or not,” DeLuca said.

There was no one inside the car.

The fire was difficult for firefighters to extinguish because of the location and Wednesday’s heat and humidity.

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